help me ID this antique

I picked this guy up several years ago at an auction.  He is cast out of some sort of metal, stands 16 inches high and is on a 8x5 base.  No markings on him but has a plastic sign board on his front and someone painted a clock on the metal on his back.  He looks like he is holding clock weights and a long staff.  Any idea what this guy is and/or is from?

Posted by jim_2000 6 years ago


How to sell antique marble clock?

I don't wish to go to an antique store and get nothing. The clock store that looked at it said that the clockworks were the nicest they had seen in a clock of that age. It is a light colored marble which is not as valuable as black. It is a Waterbury. The clock shop said approximately 1891.

Asked by antiqueclock 6 years ago


Can anyone indentify this pick for me please and what it might be used for ..??

Antique pick head found near an old goldfield.

Asked by Barnacles56 1 year ago


Please help me identify this tool?

This is driving me insane, please help me identify this tool!  We found this tool in my father workshops and we have no clue what it is. 

Asked by PetarS7 1 year ago


What is this hammer axe wedge tool? Answered

It's real old, as you can see the head of it is mushroomed from use. On the bottom it says "Champion tool co. Meadville, Pa" From googling I believe Champion tool company turned into Channellock. I thought it may have something to do with farrying, which is horshoeing, but it looks like its been used pretty hard as a wedge. It has a weird skinny handle. It's definitely a cast piece. I couldnt seem to find any other examples of this particular Champion tool co. 'wedge hammer'. Not on ebay nor google. Just wondering if someone would have any more info about it or possibly know the value of it.  

Asked by avocadostains 3 years ago


how to clean antique bronze lamp?

I bought an antique bronze and coper lamp.  I have cleaned it somewhaat, yet, i havent been succedssful cleaning it all the way.  Any tips?

Asked by jhidalgo 7 years ago


Need antique door help for parts and where to find them.

I recently ripped out the rectagular box inside my bedroom door. The door would not work right and I was afraid I would not be able to open it again. The house was built in the 20's and had a glass door knob. Then, like a fool, I lost the inner door rectangular door metal thing that controls the doorknob and lock. What is this part called? Where can I find another one? There must be a giant pile of these things somewhere!

Asked by claylady00 6 years ago


Does anyone know the make, model and year for this car? Answered

Does anyone know the year, make and model of this beauty? Thank you.

Asked by blkhawk 5 years ago


curtis air compressor?

I have a 1925 Curtis Air Compressor and we are rebuilding it to be a working show piece. The General Electric Motor is  running the Curtis Compressor, and we need the manual of the motor/compressor/tank or all of the Information about it that we can get ahold of so it can be rebuilt  to the exact color, wiring , ect, so we can put it back to its' original  origin. Here is the information from the plate that was barely  readable. We had to remove to plate and put it under a lighted magnifying glass and this is what we managed to get from the plate. >> >> GENERAL ELECTRIC MOTOR  1.50 - HP >> GENERAL                                 ELECTRIC >> REPULSION - INDUCTION - MOTOR >> MODEL: 5SCR224 C 53     FRAME - 224 TYPE - SCR >> CYG-60   SINGLE PHASE                     SPEED EJ 1760 >> VOLTS 110@15.0 AMPS       VOLTS 220 @ 7.5 AMPS >> SERVICE FACTOR >> 1.50 HP CONTINOUS                    LN 5890 >> THE CURTIS COMPRESSOR   Size:   3X3.50 No:   LB428A PAT. AUG. 31-1915   NOV. 30-1915  NOV. 14-1916 NOV. 8-1921    KEEP BASE FILLED BETWEEN HIGH AND LOW LEVEL OF OIL WITH GOOD AUTOMOBILE CYLINDER OIL. CLEAN OUT BASE ONCE A YEAR. RUN AT LEAST 250 REV: PER MIN. MANUFACTURED BY CURTIS PNEUMATIC MACHINERY COMPANY ST. LOUIS USA    Q-82  Any thing about this compressor would be helpful. you can e-mail me at:  mar5jer@msn.com

Asked by eljero 5 years ago


Need help with antique pocket watch repair?

My Great-Grandfather's old pocket watch has been my latest interest... however there are some parts that are broken.... I have done internet searches which have gave no results for the parts needed..... Does anyone know where to find these parts? I know that the parts are: Balance wheel                                              Hairspring                                              Jewel bearing Although I know these parts I cannot source then affordably in the U.K. If anyone can help me, I am really interested in fixing the watch and restoring it to working order.

Asked by thomas9666 7 years ago


Need help with antique brass lamp

Hello All: I found this antique brass lamp and would like to restore it. I'm looking for information on how to clean it up and remove the tarnish. There's the chemical way (for instance, Brasso or others) or the "natural" way (I saw a vinegar, salt, flour paste). Has anyone had any experience with this that they can share? Also, I'm looking at what the final restoration will be. I have 3 ideas: 1. Restore it to it's brassy, original self with a torchiere globe (as in the last picture), 2. Restore it to original but modify it with an RGB LED nightlight in the base (next-to-last picture), 3. Clean it up but give it a steampunkish look by painting it a copper color, adding Edison bulbs to the 3 armatures, and maybe some etching on the globe. Any other ideas? Thanks, Kevin

Posted by nivsrom 3 years ago


Where to find vintage electronic hardware

Im trying to find a online source of vintage electronic gear. Things like old vac tubes, analog voltage indicators, and switches.

Posted by kennyboy019 8 years ago


Unique Needle Nose Pliers!

Does anyone know anything about these pliers? Are they old? Are they possibly commemorative?  They are very interesting to me and I sure would like to know more about them.  Any thoughts?

Asked by BikerJim 6 years ago


A real air rifle

A buddy from work found this and I found it so interesting I thought I'd share with all you air gun lovers, and lovers of history! Lewis & Clark secret weapon - - a late 18th Century .46 cal. 20 shot repeating air rifle by Girandoni

Posted by RedneckEngineer 7 years ago


Does anyone know how to hook up a 1930's wall phone to a modular cord? (so it's not fixed on the wall permanently)? Answered

I recently bought a Western Electric Model 202 with the original ringer box, and want it to hang on the wall, but be moveable, kinda like a picture frame. Thanks!

Asked by hyperactiveguy 9 years ago


spong no. 2 coffee grinder

Where can I get the replacement catcher cup? I just got one and it needs cleaning ok just dishwashing soap? how long will I leave it outside to dry? any recommendations on what to spray it with? the paint is good, i just want a spray to prevent rust and would like to use it for my french press coffee in am. thank you

Asked by heart523 5 years ago


How can I antique my jewelry findings? Answered

I have some shinny silver (plated) and shinny brass jewelry findings and I want them to look less "new". I was wondering if anyone knows a way to antique them.

Asked by threadbare 8 years ago


Old JVC Boom Box (Antique?)

Hey guys, upon my travels the other day, I stumbled upon an electornics bin or two and one of them happened to have a few "ghetto blasters" or boom boxes as other people would call em. I should really get some better pictures, but these will have to do. I brought it home expecting it NOT to work at all, as usual. It DOES work but in a somewhat limited way. I brought it home upon the conclusion that it felt rather solidly build for such a small system and it looked the nicest out of all of them. The "Problems" sort of speak: * Well for one, the left channel doesn't work, but BOTH the speakers DO work. They both have battery compartments (6 C cells each speaker in series = 9v-ish?) and they both have "extension" cables so you can unhook the speakers and place them elsewhere, the wires are 4 strand ribbon cables and the power is also transported down these wires. I find it rather retarded, because at full length, these wires are a foot long at best?! I managed to get around this debacle for now and plugged the extension wire of the left speaker, into the plug for the right speaker, powering both speakers off one channel. This works half decent, but it doesn't go as loud as one speaker would go, and it gets distorted easier at high volumes. * The tape deck doesn't work. I hit the play button and it DOES indeed make a whirring sound, so my guess is that it needs a new rubber belt for the motor, and I have no idea where to get something that small. Did I mention that apparently the tape deck, actually comes OUT of the stereo, and theres a compartment for a set of AA batteries, thus turning it into a shiny silver 80's walkman. I'm ultimately dumfounded.. * The switches on the top of the unit, primarily the two buttons that change the "fuction" or input of the boom box, are crapping out really bad, like if I set it to radio, I have to raise one switch, and push one down, but it sometimes doesn't work, or it crackles really bad, or isn't as LOUD as it should be, but if I jiggle the switches enough, I can usually coax it into working. It's annoying at best. They are really impossible to get at and they're long pushbutton switches with a long plastic rod that pushes the switch on the board. I really doubt I can get these switches open and adjust/clean them. Should I maybe get the dremel out and but some little toggle switches? * It's missing the little faceplate for the radio selector? Oh well I can still manually tune in a radio station without knowing the number, primarily 94.5 the bull here, it's pretty hard not to miss it blaring some rock or heavy metal. I like this little unit and I wanna fix it up/tweak the crap out of it. If I could get subwoofers small enough, I would upgrade the speakers, reinforce the inside of the speaker casings with epoxy, and maybe dremel some bass ports (would that be a good idea? From what I can tell, it's a totally sealed unit, but it would probably benefit from some "bass ports"). Also, would it be beneficial to "reflow" the amp board? Like theres a board with a transformer and what appears to be a stereo transistor, but like a wide one for two channels, instead of two independant transistors for each channel. So I can only imagine if one side of the chip is working, the other side should too. Would it be a waste of time to reflow all the solder joints or no?

Posted by Punkguyta 8 years ago


Antique megawatt meter (Westinghouse). Anybody ever seen anything like this?

Picked up this barn-find in Cleveland, OH recently. I've tried finding any info on it to no avail. I found it near some massive (equally aged) Babcock & Wilcox pressure meters, so I'm thinking it came from a steam-powered electric plant. I'd love to find a picture of it or if anybody knows anything (or anyone who might know) please pass it along!

Posted by mshouppe 6 years ago


How to age a book

I have a replica of a book made in the early 1800's. It's really cool to have, but it would be even more fantasticle to make it look it's age. Does anyone here know how to do this? Let me know what you think if you have any ideas.

Posted by Nando_Kommando 9 years ago


How would I go about recreating some decorative woodwork? Answered

I need to recreate a piece of decorative oak from a door.  I have other doors on the property that match but I do not want to rob them off.  Someone clearly removed a piece from our front door before we bought the property.  We are trying to restore it so I want to do this as accurately as possible, but need some ideas/help on the how to go about it.

Asked by BalticAvenueStudio 5 years ago


Need help with grandpa's old router

I'm not sure if this goes in tech, so I'm open to moving it if need be. I got grandpa's old router. I'm starting up my own wood shop and want to make a router table for the end of my table saw. The router he has has a housing/assembly on it, but it's fixed, not "plunge" or height adjustable. Since I am COMPLETELY new to routers, having never used one- are there aftermarket router housings that can be adapted to fit other sizes, or are they all the same size? I don't know the right questions to ask so I haven't been able to find what I'm seeking on the google, but I'm sure it's out there. Any tips or pointers would be helpful. Additionally- it's a Skil model 938, probably from the 80's. Bearings are going out. If I can't find an adjustable plunge assembly, would I be better suited to find a used router kit at a flea market for like 50 bucks, or buy one new? Thanks! Hoping to get routing this weekend!

Posted by Phoenix17 1 year ago


Steampunk Shopsmith: Antique, Steam-driven Pulley Workshop

Found on ebay, this thing has a lathe, jig saw, drill press, grinder, and more along with 3 lights. It's like a Steampunk Shopsmith, but it's real.

Posted by laminterious 9 years ago



antique school bell

OK, i got this antique school bell, i think the date reads 1898 idk its got a little surface rust, i saw this thing sitting on a shelf, and i thought to my self  "how awesome would that be to be hooked up to a door bell" but no matter how hard i look i cant find clear instructions on how to, and what i need to make it work. Ive put some power on it and the hammer just stuck to the coil instead of bouncing back forth. are there any antique gurus who can help me with this issue?   thanks :P

Posted by golddigger1559 6 years ago


Antique Dress Clip - What Is It? Ceramic and bobbly cat eye type flowers/petals.

Hello you marvellous people, I am totally in love with this website, and thought this might be the place to come to get some advice and information. I've had this dress clip in my collection for years and am starting to sell off lots of it as I need to move city! I could just sell it to a vintage shop somewhere, but then I wouldn't get to find out anything about it, and would only get pennies. It probably isn't worth much, but I still just really want to know! I'm totally stuck on this piece. I've tried to get info on it everywhere, but no luck so far. All I can really say about it, is it's a dress clip, and it's old! Can anyone tell me more? All advice would be most appreciated :) Ophelia

Asked by Ophelia_Darling 6 years ago



Anyone know if this came off an 1899 automobile?

Found this metal detecting old cellar hole. Think it might be made of copper. It's about the thickness of a dime. I looked up "Charleroi"  and found there is a town in Pa. named that. Any info or anything would be great.

Posted by Inanotherworld 2 years ago


Does anyone have any information about this rocking chair?

One of my friends gave this to me and told me to take care of it. Apparently there is some sentimental value to it and i am trying to bring it to its original glory. I was wondering if anyone knows the name of it or has any original pictures. Or any information about this. Rocking chairs aren't my expertise, and not much stuff about them are on here but i felt it was worth a shot.

Asked by zipzapper859 5 years ago


What could make my antique table fan run backwards?

I bought an antique hunter table fan at an auction. The power cord was missing so I replaced it. When I turn it on now it runs but it sucks air rather than blowing it. Can anyone tell me what the problem might be?

Asked by EddieP21 1 year ago


Creating a cast from an antique mould?

I have a few antique tin moulds that make a variety of leaf shapes and wanted to frame them. I was thinking of making a cast from the mould to go along with the mould itself to demonstrate what the outcome would be from these molds. As the pieces are antiques (I inherited them from a Great Grandmother) I was not wanting to do any permanent damage to them such as having a resin stick to or dye the tin.  Does anyone have a favourite over-the-counter product or a homemade resin idea? I've thought of polymer clay, liquid resin, and plaster. Not sure what would be the best to use. Each have their pros and cons. I was thinking it would be neat to use a homemade recipe as it would have a neat DIY/handmade/antique feel. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :)

Asked by shoebox 6 years ago


wanted ammunition and antique revolvers

Wanted i pay cash for all most any kind of ammunition factory ammo reloaded ,hand loaded ammo  full boxes particial boxes loose ammo in good condtion i also buy cheep  antique revolvers if any body has any for sale please email me K_boltz2@comcast.net

Posted by happycamper122 6 years ago


Looking for advice on building a horn amplifier for a speaker.

I'm looking to build a backpack or box that will have an MP3 player, speaker and phonograph horn.  I want it to look steampunk/victorian style.  I'm planning on just building a good box, and I'm sure I can find a good speaker out there, but I'm not sure how to attach the horn to the speaker and the audio engineering aspects of that.  I'm considering incorporating a tube amp into the mix, and any advice would be appreciated.

Asked by benjaminmbaker 8 years ago


Make antique mirror glass?

We want to give a new mirror a blotchy, spotted, peeling look to simulate very old mirror glass. We understand it can be done with acid. Any information would be very much appreciated. Thanks, Bill

Asked by hawknest1 8 years ago


Is it possible to add a 3.5mm headphone jack to a pair of antique crystal radio headphones? Answered

I am looking to purchase a pair of antique headphones, and possibly fix them up to work like a new pair of headphones.  For example, would it be possible to manipulate these headphones, and add a 3.5mm headphone jack to them? http://cgi.ebay.com/Frost-Fones-162-1000-early-crystal-radio-headphones-/120647686331?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c172998bb Thanks for your help.

Asked by Brennn10 7 years ago


Antique Bicycle, Human Sonar, The Linear Clock

Antique Bicycle Human Sonar The Linear Clock Learn Business Card Throwing DIY Gorilla Pod Make Whimsical Furniture Kids Riding Crane Gourmet Chocolate Truffles Kill Bedbugs With Christmas Lights Instant Limoncello Cardboard Cryptex Vault $3 Xbox Kinect TV Mount Remove Vinyl Tiles With Dry Ice Challenging Bolt Puzzle Build a Printing Press

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


Sci-Fi Critters - Insects combined with Watch Parts

Insect Lab combines real insect specimens with antique watch parts and other technological components to create these sci-fi critters.  Jason showed me these and I thought they were beautiful!  The beetles and butterflies are my favorite.

Posted by Carleyy 7 years ago


SteamPunk Typewriter Keyboard for PC!!! Handmade please look!!

Check out this eBay auction for the following SteamPunk Typewriter Keyboard!!http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170344004923&ssPageName=ADME:X:AAQ:US:1123"SteamPunk" Typewriter Keyboard for PCThis is a custom made "Steampunk" Typewriter Keyboard that is fully functional and works with any PC! I hand made this over the course of many weeks of hard and meticulous work, using the guts of a very solid Logitech PC keyboard system which I completely rebuilt over many stages, into this solid, beautiful, and unique piece of antique technological art! Three separate sets of antique Royal glass typewriter keys make up all of the keys besides the handmade brass keys (described below). I can personally guarantee this keyboard is completely unique, and you won't find anything like it out on the market! This new beautiful style of combining the old Victorian look with new high-tech products is becoming very popular from young teens looking to be creative and inspired to rich business CEO's wanting something beautiful to match their office. Think about the all the joy and beauty this would bring to your life (not to mention bragging rights!). Right now is your chance to own a piece or art and history which you can put to use everyday!This keyboards design consists of:Solid glass keys from a three different sets of original antique Royal early 1900's typewriters.Hand and naturally aged copper top and bottom rails.Custom, hand punched, leather backing (perfectly fitted and stretched over the top and seamed underneath).Custom bent steel side brackets (which have been properly welded to the copper rails to make a very solid keyboard).Beautiful antique cloth wire loom covering computer connector.Hand made brass Esc key, F keys (done in roman numerals), Arrows, and nine keys above Arrows (because they didn't make any of these keys on antique typewriters).Brief "Steampunk" HistorySteampunk is a sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date.Functionality and BeautyAs I keep strongly pointing out, not only does this piece of techno-art look beautiful, but it also works as beautifully too! All the keys were lubricated then meticulously aligned and ergonomically angled with high strength silicon glue, which will stand up to many years of hard use! Keys that weren't available (such as the F keys and arrows) I custom made from brass which was then clear coated for years of protection.A Brief Fabrication ProcessThis whole keyboard started with an idea in my head one day, and then turned into numbers of sketches and design ideas until I filled my notebook and decided it was time to make it! I started with a high quality Logitech PC keyboard, and gutted it down to the bare parts. Then after trimming all the borders off the top frame I perfectly aligned the key frame back together with now a flat surface. Next I had to hand cut all the key tops off and level them for attachment of the Royal typewriter keys. During this process I custom made the copper/steel rails and side pieces making sure the height and angle was ergonomically correct. Next was the custom punching of the leather backing which was quite difficult to align perfectly, but came out beautifully! Finally the smaller things like the light posts, cloth wire loom, painting and copper aging, and electrical work was done. (P.S. Like I said, this is a very brief summary of the complete process! Many, many steps took place during this fabrication!)Level, Sturdy, and Desk Scratching Friendly!This frame was professionally welded together by a hired welder who meticulously made sure was level and solid. Every detail about this keyboard was thoroughly thought through, down to the hidden padded bases so it won't slide around on your desk or scratch it!You Wont Find Anything Like It!Obviously you can tell by now that this is a very custom piece of art that you have the chance to own and display in your office or home! You can't imagine the beauty of this in real life, pictures just simply do no justice! A few other people have attempted to make such type of typewriter keyboards that consist of the original ugly plastic base and just changed keys.... this keyboard goes above and beyond the bar and you will not be disappointed!Reduced Environmental ImpactAs always, I tried to stay eco-conscious while designing and fabricating this keyboard. It was designed with the following features to reduce its environmental impact:High quality polyurethane based Leather alternative (no animals harmed!)Recycled copper pipingOriginal and restored Royal typewriter keys.Highly recyclable parts (although you'll never want to get rid of this!)

Posted by maxter32 8 years ago


building an antiquated house ?Cost?

New bldg materials outgas.  Old bldgs may have mold, outdated wiring, etc. What would it cost to build old school, but with some of the newer tech?  Get the best of both worlds. Perhaps build smaller than the McMansions typical of todays builders.

Posted by Toga_Dan 2 years ago


wireless turnsignals

How would I design wireless turnsignals for my antique car that has not turnsignals?

Posted by tim54889 2 years ago



Help with antique three way switch

I have a 60's era Stiffel table lamp that has a bad rotary switch. It's a three-way switch with an unusual design. I cannot find a replacement. Is it possible to salvage this switch in some way? Any help is appreciated. Tom

Posted by ttemple2 1 year ago


Polaroid model 80A, what can i do?

OK, so I've had this Polaroid Model 80A for a long time now, and i don't exactly know how it works. I thought the film type was discontinued, so wasn't any use to me. But I'm really wanting to get into medium format now and my curiosity is demanding some answers about this camera! So... -What film does/did it use? -Does fujifilm make it?  -Can i use a different kind a film if I convert it some how? -Is there anything else I should know about this camera? Thanks guys! I really appreciate any info you have to give!

Posted by theviewingstation 5 years ago


What does a "Q Multiplier" do? Answered

I recently picked up a Heathkit HD-11 "Q Multiplier" for free, and I can't figure out what it does. I did some research online and figured out that it was used somewhere in older transmitters that had low IF frequencies. Unfortunately, I don't understand how I can use it. Also, I was confused because it only contains one tube, a 12AX7. The strange thing about this tube is that it is not suitable for radio frequencies because of its high miller capacitance. Everything appears to be intact and when I plug it in, the tube lights up. My questions are "What does it do exactly?", "What can I use it for?", and "Should I keep it, or take the parts out and reuse them?". My camera is broken at this point, so I can't post any pictures. Please help.

Asked by Xellers 8 years ago


Small antique motor running rough, lubricant? suggestions as to a product Answered

I have a small antique desk fan that I am refinishing the art deco base on.  Now keep in mind, in another life I was an antique dealer.  I know messing with it drops the value, however the base was all ready badly corroded.  The motor runs, though rough.  I think it is most likely bearings, and or possible winding's could have a small short, though that is doubtful.  Lubricant for the bearings?   And keep in mind cleaning it with aggressive chemicals like acetone could melt the varnish off the winding's, then I'm really hooped.  Now the obvious would just be to replace the motor, but pieces like this were built not to ever be opened again, at least without hope of putting them back together the same way.  Thanks

Asked by iminthebathroom 6 years ago


Vintage/Classic/Antique/Old Motorcycle, Scooter, and Moped Parts Sourcing?

Does anyone know a good source for obsolete parts? Finding parts for my '72 CB175 is proving to be fairly easy, however, the 1970 Harley M65S (leggero) by Aermacchi is proving much more difficult. Right now I am looking for a Carb rebuild kit for a Del'Orto ME18BS, I am sure there will be others later.  If you know where to hunt this down please let me know. Also, I think it could e useful to have a list of good vintage/odd/old parts places for other people fixing, building, or rebuilding bikes and scooters.

Posted by XaqFixx 7 years ago


i have a unimat-sl, model number DB 200, what do i do with it?

Its a very small lathe which seems to be used for detailed metal work, my dad found it in the dump years ago( not his current job, it was years ago) and i decided to take a look at it. i have the original box with the original tools ect and it works! so if someone could give me a value on it or any lathe projects ( for one of this size) i would be very thankfull.

Asked by d2j5 6 years ago


typewriter key removal

What is the easiest, and best way to remove antique typewriter keys for use in jewelry without breakage?

Asked by squillgm 9 years ago


old coins

Anyone have any old coins sitting around(or collections) pre 1950 foreign and us? looking to buy.

Posted by drewscollectibles 4 years ago


Convert antique fireplace to simulated.?

I have a wall-mounted porcelain coal fireplace from a French chateau.  It has isinglass windows, so is amenable to diffused light. BUT, all the electric simulators are too wide to fit.  I tried using candles, BAD idea. Then I tried flickering Christmas lights, too constant and not enough color variation. Any ideas? Thank you! -D

Asked by Doc Holliday 3 years ago